Is God a result of the tulpa effect?

Monday Musings for May 09, 2022

Good morning, Musers,

People believe the strangest things. Of course, that’s what physicalists and philosophical atheists think about us Christians. But our belief that Jesus Christ was the Messiah, the Son of Man — God in the flesh — has warrant. We can’t prove Jesus’ claims through the hard sciences, but we have a substantive claim through the softer sciences of history, philosophy and theology.

But once in a while, a real odd belief pops up — and I understand that I am being a little culturally obtuse today — but have you heard of tulpas ... imaginary beings that can be created through the positive thinking of a tulpamancer? Me neither. But it’s a thing.

Many years ago I answered a question about Rudolf Steiner, the founder of Waldorf Education. He believed that gnomes were a real thing... and people tossed their children into Waldorf Education like they were offering them to Molech. Gnomes ... I thought... he believes in gnomes! Yet people thought he was a genius... and they made the dearest offerings possible.

In my opinion, tulpas are less strange than gnomes... even though tulpas are culturally Eastern (like genies) and gnomes are culturally Western (I routinely see gnome figurines in gardens). But let’s not lose track of the fact that one of the things I am comparing today does not exist.

What does exist are the positive effects of positive thinking. Hey —it’s good to think positively ... as long as we don’t go over the edge and start channeling Norman Vincent Peale.

Now, I have no problem with having imaginary friends. Conjuring up a tulpa, however, would be a step too far for a Christian. But in the outsiders’ defense, our “faith” must seem just as magical.

This is why am I talking about tulpas today... entities that do not even exist. Someone leveraged the relationship between a tulpamancer and his tulpa... asking if this relationship explains our relationship to the Christian God... the stories of whom — to the uninitiated — might seem magical.

I do not think that today’s seeker is an earnest seeker. I think that he is picking a fight. But he has asked a fair question. Christianity has some remarkable positive imagery. Have we used this to conjure up a God that many people believe in — and die for... but which doesn’t actually exist?

You probably have the feeling that — especially when compared to tulpamancy — we have warrant for our belief. But to outsiders, faith in a tulpa looks like faith in God. But faith is object-based. Without something to have faith in, faith does not exist. So, the exercise is to examine the “ins”— and here’s what we discover.

While tulpamancy is a wisp, Christianity is a juggernaut. There is no real comparison. I was forced into finding one, but don’t let my indulgence give any credence to tulpamancy. That being said, I do not mean to demean the culture that supports it. But our questioner wants to compare the two entities... and all I can do is put them both on the scale. It’s Mount Zion versus a flea... which is hardly a comparison... but that is the exercise.

 

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